Annual Retention Fee
The Annual Retention Fee (ARF) is the fee all registered dentists and dental care professionals must pay each year to remain on the dentists register or dental care professionals register.
If you have not yet registered, you will pay a pro rata fee.
When do I pay the ARF?
The deadline for all dental care professionals to pay is 31 July each year, while the deadline for all dentists to pay is 31 December each year. You will receive a letter ahead of the deadline with information about how you can make the payment.
How can I pay?
You can pay your ARF by:
If you have a direct debit set up to pay your ARF we will claim the fee as one sum from your bank account.
Please remember to let us know immediately by contacting us here or in writing if you change any of your bank details for your direct debit. If you forget to do this, we may not be able to claim your ARF by direct debit. This could put your registration at risk and result in you being removed from the register for non payment and not being able to practise in the UK.
How much is the ARF?
The fee for dentists is £680 and must be paid by 31 December.
1 Jan - 31 Dec
The fee for maintaining entry on our specialist lists is £72 per specialty and must be paid by 31 December.
Specialists (per speciality)
1 Jan - 31 Dec
The fee for dental care professionals is £114 and must be paid by 31 July.
Dental care professionals
1 Aug - 31 Jul
When will I receive my annual practising certificate?
We will send you your annual practising certificate to your registered address. If you have not received your certificate six weeks after your payment has been processed then please call 020 7167 6000 or contact us here. You can also download your certificate by logging on to your eGDC account.
Can I request a refund if my circumstances have changed and I wish to leave the register at some point during the year?
Closure of the automated payment line
How can I submit a complaint about the ARF collection?
I'm a dental technician and don't work directly with patients so why do I need to pay?
How much is the ARF?
I've paid my ARF, why haven't I received my Annual Practising Certificate?
What is Indemnity and do I need it?
When is the ARF collected?
How can I pay my ARF during the collection period?
Cheques should be made payable to 'General Dental Council' and posted to the below address:
General Dental Council
1 Colmore Square
Please ensure that you write your name and registration number on the back of the cheque. A freepost envelope will be included with your Annual Renewal notice for you to send it to us. Please do not write on the freepost envelope, this may mean we do not receive your renewal.
Can I pay by BACs?
When will you claim the Direct Debit from my bank account?
We seek to take the direct debit approximately four weeks before the 31 December deadline as this allows registrants whose direct debits fail the opportunity to pay by an alternative means. You will be notified of the exact date at least ten working days before we claim the direct debit. However, we will claim the direct debit on/around the 3 December 2019.
We will claim the direct debit on/around the 2 July 2019 i.e. approximately four weeks before the payment deadline of 31 July 2019. You will be notified of the exact date at least ten working days before we claim the direct debit.
I have not received my Annual Renewal notice and want to pay my fee. What do I do?
Can I pay by instalments?
- We cannot offer this to all registrants without changing the law (specifically the Dentists Act) through a section 60 order which would take time and money.
- A new GDC-run payment system would need to be designed, developed and tested in order to make sure it worked properly. Our research shows this would be a lengthy and costly process. It is likely extra GDC staff would then be needed to maintain and update the information on it.
- The external firms we could employ to collect payments in instalments are generally unwilling to collect amounts under £400 (e.g. the DCP fee) due to the amount of work involved for the return they would receive, so making such an operation commercially unviable.
I don’t intend to practise for the whole year. Do you have a reduced rate fee to cover this?
I only work part time – is there a reduced fee?
I am on maternity leave – is there a reduced fee?
Where will you send the Annual Renewal notice and annual practising certificate?
Will you send me a receipt for my payment?
What will happen if I am late with my payment?
If you are removed from the register and wish to resume practise in the UK, you must first restore your name to the register.
Please be aware that it is illegal for an unregistered dentist or dental care professional to practise dentistry in the UK. You must therefore not practise until your name has been restored to the register.
I intend to retire or leave the register at the end of the renewal period and do not wish to pay my retention fee – what do I do?
- During the Annual Renewal period you can remove your name by logging into your eGDC account where you will have the option of selecting 'Do not Renew' under the 'Manage Payments' section. We will record the reason for removal as 'Voluntary removal'. We will then write to you to confirm that you are no longer registered or:
- You can choose not to pay your fee at the end of the Annual Renewal year and we will remove your name, recording the reason for removal as 'Non-payment'.
- During the rest of the year you can contact the registration operations team by email and we will send you the appropriate paperwork.
- Once you are removed from the register your name will be circulated to the NHS, health boards and indemnity providers throughout the UK;